Arafat and Weizman move to rebuild peace

The Palestinian leader, Yasser Arafat, will meet Israeli President Ezer Weizman tomorrow in an effort to lay the groundwork for resuming the stalled peace negotiations.

The US Middle East envoy, Dennis Ross, is expected to follow up that meeting with a visit to the region later in the week. The flurry of diplomatic activity raised hopes that the peace process's downward slide may have been halted and that progress was being made toward restarting talks. AP - Jerusalem